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Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary

Added by seaoflament on 10-04-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,360
Reviews:
765
Ratings:
4,151
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
217
Gots:
719
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 4,151 |  Reviews: 765
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Aroma of fresh hops, lychee, passion fruit, pears and orange blossom. Underneath is sweet-smelling clean malt and confectionery.
Very aggressive flavours, masses of sharp hops with piney, herbal and resinous characters. A fair whack of clean, syrupy malt underneath. Reminiscent of hopped malt extract... The sharp bitterness overpowers everything afterwards, seeming to linger forever to the point of being unpleasant.
Carbonation could be a bit higher.
True to it's name, but that's not exactly a good thing.

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Photo of hilgart1
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a wrecker alright - tons of hops in this beer, citrus (grapefruit, orange, lime), pine and tropical fruits. Very refreshing and very bitter from start to finish.

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Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of buzzy
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of CTJman
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is orange in color with golden highlights. There is not much of an off-white head.

S - The smell seems to be a nice balance of citrus and caramel malt.

T - At first I get the caramel malt. Then comes a rush of citrus, and finally some taste bud crippling bitterness.

M - Medium

O - I don't think I have had a beer this bitter since Ruination.

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Photo of mportnoy
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of anteater
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ArtZan
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of thegerm87
2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of arizcards
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12 oz bottle from Total Wine in late March for $2.99.

Beer poured a nice clear copper color with a near perfect white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is wonderful. Citrus hops are extremely aromatic up front and lasting long as i sip away.

Taste is true to the style. Caramel and crystal malts form a nice backbone that is overwhelmed by intense grapefruit. Pine resin finishes strong and leaves a resin slick behind in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Overall this is a very solid brew. The flavors are clean and well defined. Glad i could try it and will look for it in the future.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of argock
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. 4-pack purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $13.99.

A: Burnished amber with thick, rocky off-white 2-3 finger head with decent retention and spotty formations of lace.

S: The hops aroma is raw and explosive with tons of resin, pine, and grapefruit rind finishing with some wet hops herbal notes. The maltiness is provides some caramel and burned sugar notes.

T: The flavor is very bitter but very complex from a hops standpoint with resin, wet hops earthy herbal notes, and intense grapefruit rind. It is hefty but really well done without puckering bitterness -- there are layers of flavor that come through with intensity but without being overwhelming or overbearing. The maltiness is mostly sticky without being overly sweet. It provides the backing this kind of big hops blast needs.

M: The body is medium-to-full with low carbonation giving it a layering, slightly sticky feel. The aftertaste is herbal, wet hops with resin and grapefruit rind.

O: I was really surprised at how good this beer was. Green Flash WC IPA is a really good beer, but I have had some dogs from them (Barleywine for the worst example). This beer is upper tier for DIPAs -- intense, complex, hops-forward, with huge aroma and flavor.

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Photo of rawfish
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear copper hue with a rocky two finger head. Retention is just okay but leaves a nice crown of lacing on the glass.

Very green and herbaceous, pine needles and forest floor, buries the sweet malt beneath it. Hints of tubers and orange citrus. Alcohol and vegetables on the finish, this could be very bitter, already a bit scared.

Pine needles, apricot, and orange citrus on the attack that shifts to a bit of onion and herbs later in the drink. Awfully bitter, leaves me shifting my tongue to clear the soapy resinous feeling. Caramel malt licks the sides of the tongue providing just enough sweetness to be evident.

Average body and carbonation. The bitterness leaves a residue, soapy and bitter mouth coating. Not sticky at all with alcohol hidden well.

Palate numbing bitterness delivers as promised. Summit hops with plenty of alpha acids, the aroma isn't very pleasant but it's a true treat for hop heads. Alcohol is well hidden. I have to say that this beer delivers what is promised, well done Green Flash.

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Photo of BdM
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of popery
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium gold and perfectly transparent. Frothy white head. Looks nice, if fairly generic.

Big grapefruit rind aroma. Really big. It's definitely a GF beer. Tons of hops. Lots of resiny, sticky pine. Flashes of bright lemon. There's some light caramel sweetness, but it's way in the background. The beer almost smells bitter.

The taste starts with a touch of sugary malt. Strong hop bitterness quickly takes over, but it doesn't entirely overwhelm the malt until the finish. The finish is strong with more of that sticky, resinous hop flavor. After each sip, it feels like my mouth is coated with hop extract. It's intense and wonderful.

Light to medium body, particularly for a beer of this strength. Hop oiliness all over the palate.

I'd like to shake the hand of whoever recently lit a fire under Green Flash. Between Palate Wrecker and Rayon Vert, they are a huge two for two with new beers. I've always liked their stuff, but I didn't expect anything quite this excellent.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small pine dry hop. In the taste, big pine like hops and a small note of alcohol in the end. A small bitterness and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice big to mellow pine hops all the way through, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled On: 01/29/13

A: Pours a copper color with slightly less than a fingers worth of head that fades quite quickly

S: Very hoppy. Get nice citrus and pine notes, as well as a solid malt backbone. Very nice balance going on

T: Again, very hoppy. Pretty dank, along with citrus peel, pine, and some earthiness. A semi-sweet malt backbone helps to hold things together, but in the end the hops prevail. Bitter throughout

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A palate wrecker, indeed! A bomber will give you your hop fix for a week, much less the rest of the day. I definitely wouldn't want to drink another beer after this, because I doubt I would taste it it very much as I'd want to. Averagely priced, and definitely worth a try

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Photo of Casey3236
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,151 ratings
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